OXO Ford Sierra Enhancement (Trax 1:43)
Trax made four racing versions of the Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth – two DJR Shell cars (Johnson #17 & Bowe #18, sold separately), a black Texaco #6 version (Bathurst ’87), plus this 1987 OXO Supercube version raced by Andrew Miedecke that was released in 1990.
Above: The model is LHD whereas the real car was RHD, which is something that I was not going to bother correcting. A quick flick of red for the floor at least made the interior the right colour. Wheels received chrome-silver rim edges and gun-metal centres.
Above: The rear wing needed a black rear edge. While I brush painted the window frames by hand, this technique would have been too hard to get a straight edge for on the wing. I had some clear decal film left over from another project, so painted some of this in semi-gloss black, cut out the desired shape and applied it as per any other waterslide decal. Amazingly, the paint (Tamiya) didn’t crack!
Above: At some events an additional lower deck spoiler was used (as seen fitted here) while at others it wasn’t. I am guessing this was due to the changing Grp A rules/homologations for the Sierra during its lifespan.
Above: Indicators and blackouts on front bumper painted by hand. There should be further decoration on this model, eg, Castrol logos on the headlights, OXO for the rear wing etc, but I’m not set up to manufacture decals.
2017 VF Supercar Conversion, Holdsworth (Biante 1:43)
Here’s the full build diary for converting a Biante plain white donor VR Commodore to Lee Holdsworth’s 2017 V8 Supercar.
1965 Honda RA272, Ginther (Tamiya 1:20)
The RA272 was Honda’s first Formula One race winner, Richie Ginther taking victory at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. This is how I built Tamiya’s 1:20 scale version.